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From lighthouse to lighthouse in Brittany...

The lighthouse at the tip of Petit-Minou and the harbor of Brest.
You have arrived at the west coast of the European continent — at Brittany's tip, Finistère's string of lighthouses shine as unshakeable witnesses to the tides that sculpt the landscapes of the Iroise Sea. We take you down the Route des Phares to meet some of these remarkable stone sentinels.
A Great Handover

The lighthouse of Saint-Mathieu, or "St-Mat" as it is called here, stands on a promontory overlooking the Iroise Sea. Built in 1835, it took over the responsibilities of the 11th-century abbey that stood in the same spot, whose monks kept a fire at the top of a tower to illuminate sailor's way into Brest's narrow gully.

From lighthouse to lighthouse in Brittany...
A Great Handover

The lighthouse of Saint-Mathieu, or "St-Mat" as it is called here, stands on a promontory overlooking the Iroise Sea. Built in 1835, it took over the responsibilities of the 11th-century abbey that stood in the same spot, whose monks kept a fire at the top of a tower to illuminate sailor's way into Brest's narrow gully.

From lighthouse to lighthouse in Brittany...
Marine hell

The guardians of La Jument lighthouse say they sometimes felt it move under the assault of the waves—not exactly reassuring! The lighthouses were classified by sailors into three categories, according to the harsh working conditions: "Hell" for lighthouses at sea, "Purgatory" for island lighthouses and "Paradise" for lighthouses on land.

From lighthouse to lighthouse in Brittany...
Next stop: Brest

On the tip of Petit-Minou, the lighthouse of the same name indicates the route through the harbor to boats wishing to go to Brest. Endowed with an exquisite photogenicity, this lighthouse is worth a boat ride to admire it from every angle.

From lighthouse to lighthouse in Brittany...

With 59 kilometers (37 miles) of light range, the Creac'h lighthouse is one of the most powerful in the world. It is one of the five lighthouses on the island of Ouessant, the wildest of the Breton islands, in the Regional Natural Park of Armorica. At the foot of Creac'h, you must visit the Museum of Lighthouses and Beacons to decode the mysteries of luminous language!

Unique bursts

Each lighthouse has its own light signature. Pontusval's one throws three white flashes every 12 seconds on a range of ten nautical miles—a reassuring presence at night. And by day, the lighthouse lords over a gentle landscape with white sand beaches.

From lighthouse to lighthouse in Brittany...
Unique bursts

Each lighthouse has its own light signature. Pontusval's one throws three white flashes every 12 seconds on a range of ten nautical miles—a reassuring presence at night. And by day, the lighthouse lords over a gentle landscape with white sand beaches.

Made with Kersanton granite

At Plouguerneau, the view from the lighthouse of the Virgin Island must be earned. After arriving by boat, you will climb the 365 steps of a beautiful spiral staircase with walls painted an opaline azure. But it's worth the effort! From its 82.5 m (270 ft) summit, the highest lighthouse in Europe offers a breathtaking view of Abers country and its very rocky coast.

A medieval atmosphere

How does one construct a tower to resist the thrusts of a raging sea? This is the concern that guided the architects of the lighthouse of Pierres Noires during its construction in the 1870s. They chose to draw inspiration from medieval fortresses by doubling the diameter of the base compared to what was usually done. To make it more visible in foggy weather, the lighthouse was painted red a few decades later.

From lighthouse to lighthouse in Brittany...
A medieval atmosphere

How does one construct a tower to resist the thrusts of a raging sea? This is the concern that guided the architects of the lighthouse of Pierres Noires during its construction in the 1870s. They chose to draw inspiration from medieval fortresses by doubling the diameter of the base compared to what was usually done. To make it more visible in foggy weather, the lighthouse was painted red a few decades later.

From lighthouse to lighthouse in Brittany...

At the end of the Crozon peninsula stands the flagship house of Toulinguet. Built in the mid-nineteenth century, it's a remarkable sight to contemplate at sunset or catch a view of the gray seals lounging on the beach.